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Ignored Victims Although fish constitute the greatest category of exploited animals and arguably suffer the worst abuses, they receive the least legal protection or concern, even from the animal protection community. How You Can Help Replace fish and fish oil (and all animal products) with vegan alternatives. Learn more about the plight of fish and inform others. Advocate for fish by contacting newspapers, magazines and call-in talk shows, and by commenting on- line, explaining that fish feel and can suffer. Oppose fishing contests and youth fishing programs. Suggest humane alternatives. Urge other animal protection organizations to increase their Help Us Help the Most Fish Feel is the sole organization working exclusively to promote the recognition of fish as sentient beings deserving of respect and protection. Fish Feel serves to help educate the public as to why these animals are deserving of our appreciation, the immense problems caused by their exploitation, and how we can help them. We are a new organization and need your help to be able to be effective. Fish - The Ignored Victims The Greatest Number, the Worst Abuse, the Least Protection Did You Know that Fish: * are fast learners with long-term memories and a keen sense of time; use tools, engage in play, and can be taught games; recognize other individuals, keep track of complex social relationships, and work cooperatively with other species; experience fear, feel pain, and warn others of danger. | Want To Help $. Name. Email. Address. 1200 Tanley Silver Spring, Md, “1 wouldn't deliberately eat a grouper ‘any more than I'd eat a cocker niel. Theyre so good-natured, so ious. You know, fish are sensitive, they have personalities, they hurt when Abilities & Sentience Scientists are increasingly finding fish to be intelligent, inquisitive, sociable individuals Iris olsorfinally. acknowledged that fish are, in fact, able to suffer fear, panic and pain. Individual Animals While an astronomical number of land- based farmed animals are killed to supply people with food, the number of aquatic animals killed for food is truly stupefying. Some 8 billion land-based farmed animals are killed annually in the U.S. for food. A conservatively eslimaied 60 billion fish are killed for that same purpose each year. Additionally, an estimated 40 billion shellfish are killed annually to supply U.S. consumers. This does not include the countless birds, dolphins, non-targeted fish, turtles and other animals who are inadvertently killed, or the hundreds of millions of saltwater fish and untold 160,000 fish Fishing & Aquaculture Wild fish are caught by being impaled, netted or snared, often sutfering for decompression, ruptured organs, or from being crushed. Survivors are commonly gutted, deboned, or frozen while still conscious. Immense nets are used to trawl the sea floor, catching indiscriminately while destroying habitat. Nearly half of the fish consumed in the U.S. are raised in captivity. Aquacultured fish are intensively confined and cruelly killed. Disease and parasites are common. Number of Animals Killed Annually in the U.S, for Food” 2010) Ven : 40,000 7,687 261119 tt chickens turkeys pigs cows (\umbors are inthe millions. Human Health Human health hazards associated with __fish ond fish oil consumption include ind_other accumulated toxins. Fish are also high in animal protein, fat and cholesterol. They are frequently the subject of government health-risk advisories. Research Increasingly, fish are used for experimentation, in toxicity testing and in biomedical and aquaculture research. Approximately one-quarter of all the animals used for research and education in b